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Roaming Paws Off Leash Dog Park Community Connection

Questions & Rules

The Grand Forks City Council and Grand Forks Park District adopted the following rules:
  • Remove leash upon entering the dog park.  Do not leave the leash on in the dog park. 

  • Park Hours: Open 5 am –11 pm

  • Use the Dog Park at your own risk.  Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them.  Call the police at 787-8000 if you or your dog are attacked at the dog park.

  • Dogs are allowed off leash in dog park areas only. Owners must carry a leash at all times. Dogs should be leashed before entering and prior to leaving the dog park.

  • Dogs must wear a collar, carry ID tags, be properly licensed and vaccinated, be parasite free and in healthy condition.

  • Owners must remain in the dog park with their dogs at all times.

  • Dogs must be leashed when maintenance crews are working in the dog park.

  • No children under the age of 12 allowed in the dog park without adult supervision

  • Owners must pick up and dispose of dog feces.

  • Female dogs in heat and dogs less than four months of age are prohibited from entering the dog park.

  • Dogs must be removed from the dog park at the first sign of aggression or excessive barking.

  • Violators of these rules will be subject to removal from the dog park and suspension of dog park privileges.

  • All users need to abide by City Codes.  Greenway and Park Rules apply to this site.


Questions and Answers

Q:  How do I avoid being attacked by another dog?

A:  The Human Society of the US  Never approach a strange dog, especially one who's tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don't pet a dog—even your own—without letting him see and sniff you first. Never turn your back to a dog and run away. A dog's natural instinct will be to chase and catch you. Don't disturb a dog while she's sleeping, eating,  or chewing on a toy.. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn't know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Where is the park located?

A: The park is located within Lincoln DrivePark, off Belmont Road and 13th Ave South.  Follow Lincoln Drive then take the first left hand turn to the bottom of the hill.  The dog park is located at the bottom of the hill.  You can also follow Lincoln Drive around the parameter of the park.

Q:What are the park hours?

A:The park is open to the public from 5 am to 11 pm daily.

Q: Are there fees for using the park?

A:There are no fees for using the park.


Q: How big is the park?

A: 2.75 acres


Q: Are we still fund raising?

A: No, but donations can still be made.

Q: How does the park work? 

A: Dog owners can bring their pet to the park during park hours.  Approach the gate area (located on the west side of the fencing) with your dog.  Dogs must be on a leash at least until they have entered the first gate.  Once inside the first gate, close the gate and assess the park situation.  If you or your pet are uncomfortable with the park or park users, now is the time to leave the park.  If you are comfortable with the surroundings proceed through the second gate and into the park and enjoy the park!


Q: Are dog licenses required?

A: Yes. Current licenses are required for all dogs living within the Grand Forks city limits and are available at Grand Forks City Hall Finance Department from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.


Q: Will the park be open in the winter?

A: Yes.  Park users should be aware that snow may not always be cleared immediately after a snowfall. 


Q: How do I report an abandoned dog?

A: Abandoned dogs or other situations of concern can be reported to the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-787-8000.


Q: Are dog waste dispensers available on site?

A: Yes.  Dispensers have been placed near the entrance.  Trash receptacles are also available on site.

Q: Are there separate areas for large and small dogs?

A: No.  Pet owners should assess the situation of the dogs in the park and determine if they are comfortable with .  All users of the park enter at their


Q: Are there plans to install lighting?

A: Not at this time.

Q: Where can I send questions or comments about the dog park?

A: Questions and concerns contact the Grand Forks Park District at 701-746-2750 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Q: What if my dog is attacked by another dog?

A: Pet owner responsibility does not end inside the fence. 

Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them. Call the animal warden at 701-787-8000.


Nancy Joyner, Acting Coordinator

RoamingPaws Off-Leash Dog Park Advocacy Group

Phone: 218-779-5037